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* ''Literature/OneNationUnderJupiter'' has a big where the protagonist, a citizen of a world where the Roman Empire didnít fall, visits a museum. While there, he sees an exhibit on dinosaurs which claims they were actually monsters from Roman mythology like Hydras.
10th Jun '18 4:33:44 PM merotoker
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* Played with in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights''; the characters ''call'' the [[BuffySpeak big lizardy creatures]] dragons, because it's [[DarkAgeEurope The Dark Ages]], but to the audience they're clearly dinosaurs with no draconic characteristics at all.
** Also worth noting that they make a distinction between "true dragons" (dinosaurs) and "heraldic dragons" (the fire breathing flying ones, presumably. The only "heraldic dragons" we see are mechanical).

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* Played with in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights''; the characters ''call'' the [[BuffySpeak big lizardy creatures]] dragons, because it's [[DarkAgeEurope The Dark Ages]], but to the audience they're clearly dinosaurs with no draconic characteristics at all.
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all. Also worth noting that they make a distinction between "true dragons" (dinosaurs) and "heraldic dragons" (the fire breathing flying ones, presumably. The only "heraldic dragons" we see are mechanical).



* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' is either a dragon or a dinosaur depending on which fan you ask. Indeed, the fantastic nature of most {{Kaiju}} sways from one extreme to the other depending on the movie. [[Film/{{Gojira}} The original film]] says that he's a sea-dwelling dinosaur (not to different from his current self) who was resurrected and mutated by [[ILoveNuclearPower the miracle of atomic mutation]] and he just happened to fit into the local dragon mythology, which is full of VirginSacrifice.
** His origin is given much more clearly in ''Film/GodzillaVsKingGhidorah'' which reveals he really is a mutated dinosaur that became a legendary figure.
** The confusion among English-speaking fans, at least, is probably due to the American dub of ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain''. In it, an educational film reel explained that dinosaurs, including Godzilla (there called Gigantis) and Anguirus, were ''created from pools of burning lava and sulfur'', resulting in their being walking fire elementals of sorts.

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* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' is either a dragon or a dinosaur depending on which fan you ask. Indeed, the fantastic nature of most {{Kaiju}} sways from one extreme to the other depending on the movie. [[Film/{{Gojira}} [[Film/Godzilla1954 The original film]] says that he's a sea-dwelling dinosaur (not to different from his current self) who was resurrected and mutated by [[ILoveNuclearPower the miracle of atomic mutation]] and he just happened to fit into the local dragon mythology, which is full of VirginSacrifice.
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VirginSacrifice. His origin is given much more clearly in ''Film/GodzillaVsKingGhidorah'' which reveals he really is a mutated dinosaur that became a legendary figure.
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figure. The confusion among English-speaking fans, at least, is probably due to the American dub of ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain''. In it, an educational film reel explained that dinosaurs, including Godzilla (there called Gigantis) and Anguirus, were ''created from pools of burning lava and sulfur'', resulting in their being walking fire elementals of sorts.



* Franchise/{{Conan|TheBarbarian}} encounters what he calls a dragon (clearly an - unaccountably predatory - ''Stegosaurus'' from the description) in the Creator/RobertEHoward story ''Literature/RedNails''. It is later revealed to have been reanimated from fossils by magic.
** The ''Red Nails'' dragon doesn't really resemble a Stegosaurus except in the broadest sense. It has a large head like a snake's, a scorpion tail, serrated spines on its back, and a generally lizard-like body shape. However, Barry Windsor-Smith chose to depict it as a Stegosaurus in the ''Savage Sword of Conan'' adaptation of ''Red Nails''.

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* Franchise/{{Conan|TheBarbarian}} encounters what he calls a dragon (clearly an - unaccountably predatory - ''Stegosaurus'' from the description) in the Creator/RobertEHoward story ''Literature/RedNails''. It is later revealed to have been reanimated from fossils by magic.
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magic. The ''Red Nails'' dragon doesn't really resemble a Stegosaurus except in the broadest sense. It has a large head like a snake's, a scorpion tail, serrated spines on its back, and a generally lizard-like body shape. However, Barry Windsor-Smith chose to depict it as a Stegosaurus in the ''Savage Sword of Conan'' adaptation of ''Red Nails''.



* The Creatonist/Cryptid novel ''The Lost Kingdom'' featured the Congo cryptid Mokele-mbembe as a living Sauropod dinosaur that had the ability to breathe fire. This was, [[SomewhereABiologistIsCrying sadly]] not the most scientifically implausible thing featured in the book.
* ''Literature/TheCrocodileGod'' [[PlayedWith plays with this]] for the story's {{Mythopoeia}}. With the pre-colonial Filipino belief that crocodiles were dragons, Haik (the titular crocodile-god) tells a story that refers to Eastern-type dragons as "the crocodile's ''ancestors.''"

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* The Creatonist/Cryptid novel ''The Lost Kingdom'' featured the Congo cryptid Mokele-mbembe as a living Sauropod dinosaur that had the ability to breathe fire. This was, [[SomewhereABiologistIsCrying [[ArtisticLicenseBiology sadly]] not the most scientifically implausible thing featured in the book.
* ''Literature/TheCrocodileGod'' [[PlayedWith [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this]] for the story's {{Mythopoeia}}. With the pre-colonial Filipino belief that crocodiles were dragons, Haik (the titular crocodile-god) tells a story that refers to Eastern-type dragons as "the crocodile's ''ancestors.''"



* Played straight in a more recent special, ''Dragons Or Dinosaurs: Creation Or Evolution''. In it, the 'experts' suggest that the legends of dragons were based upon dinosaurs. Despite the illogical claims, it is surprisingly well researched.

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* Played straight in a more recent another special, ''Dragons Or Dinosaurs: Creation Or Evolution''. In it, the 'experts' suggest that the legends of dragons were based upon dinosaurs. Despite the illogical claims, it is surprisingly well researched.



* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' / ''Franchise/SuperSentai''

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' / ''Franchise/SuperSentai''''Franchise/SuperSentai'':



-->'''[[http://www.spoonyexperiment.com/2008/05/13/fmv-hell-mighty-morphin-power-rangers/ Spoony]]''' I never really understood what the Green Ranger's HumongousMecha was. He doesn't even fit into the whole dinosaur thing, he just yells "Dragonzord!" And I have no idea where dragons fit into the whole dinosaur thing.

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-->'''[[http://www.spoonyexperiment.com/2008/05/13/fmv-hell-mighty-morphin-power-rangers/ -->'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnqW4Q0T0B4 Spoony]]''' I never really understood what the Green Ranger's HumongousMecha was. He doesn't even fit into the whole dinosaur thing, he just yells "Dragonzord!" And I have no idea where dragons fit into the whole dinosaur thing.



* The Japanese TV series ''Dinosaur Prince'' was about a boy who grew up in a [[LostWorld strange island]] and befriended a fire-breathing Brontosaurus. It turns out the island was actually created by alien invaders to grow superpowered dinosaurs for use as [[{{Kaiju}} living weapons]] to conquer the world with. Naturally , Prince and his dino were often asked by outsiders to help battle the other monsters.

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* The Japanese TV series ''Dinosaur Prince'' was about a boy who grew up in a [[LostWorld strange island]] and befriended a fire-breathing Brontosaurus. It turns out the island was actually created by alien invaders to grow superpowered dinosaurs for use as [[{{Kaiju}} living weapons]] to conquer the world with. Naturally , Naturally, Prince and his dino were often asked by outsiders to help battle the other monsters.



* Sid & Marty Kroft's ''Series/LandOfTheLost'' featured a gigantic, fire-breathing Dimetrodon called Torchy, whose diet included raw coal that it found exposed on the walls of a canyon.

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* Sid & Marty Kroft's ''Series/LandOfTheLost'' ''Series/{{Land of the Lost|1974}}'' featured a gigantic, fire-breathing Dimetrodon called Torchy, whose diet included raw coal that it found exposed on the walls of a canyon.



* ''Ride/BackToTheFutureTheRide'' at Ride/UniversalStudios stopped short of having its ''TyrannosaurusRex'' breath fire -- but had it looking very dragon-like and living in ''[[ConvectionSchmonvection the heart of an active volcano]]''. Because animals like to live inside volcanoes. This may have ''possibly'' been an homage to the Disney diorama noted below.

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* ''Ride/BackToTheFutureTheRide'' at Ride/UniversalStudios stopped short of having its ''TyrannosaurusRex'' breath fire -- but had it looking very dragon-like and living in ''[[ConvectionSchmonvection the heart of an active volcano]]''. Because animals like to live inside volcanoes. This may have ''possibly'' been an homage to the Disney diorama noted below.above.



* In the ''VideoGame/AdventureIsland'' franchise, one of the ridable dinosaurs has fire breath as his power.

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* In the ''VideoGame/AdventureIsland'' franchise, one of the ridable PowerupMount dinosaurs has fire breath as his power.



* ''VideoGame/PopnMusic'' has a character called Dino, who is a fire-breathing dinosaur.

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* ''VideoGame/PopnMusic'' ''VideoGame/PopNMusic'' has a character called Dino, who is a fire-breathing dinosaur.



* One of the characters in the '94 arcade game ''VideoGame/PrimalRage'' is a [[BreathWeapon fire-breathing]] ''TyrannosaurusRex'' named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Diablo]]. He's a GodOfEvil in the shape of a ''T. rex'', so he at least has a [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for it.
** This applies to nearly ''all'' the monsters in the game. They are ancient gods known as the Draconians yet most of them resemble dinosaurs. Sauron and Diablo are Tyrannosaur monsters, Armadon is some sort of Ankylosaur/Triceratops/Stegosaur hybrid, and Talon is a Deinonychus god (Only Vertigo, Chaos, and Blizzard are not saurian in appearance with Vertigo being an inter-dimensional cobra goddess and Chaos and Blizzard being ape/yeti monsters respectively). However, they aren't dinosaurs. [[AnimalisticAbomination They just '''look''' like dinosaurs]] and were even stated to have caused the extinction of the actual dinosaurs in the game's storyline.

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* One of the characters in the '94 arcade game ''VideoGame/PrimalRage'' is a [[BreathWeapon fire-breathing]] ''TyrannosaurusRex'' named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Diablo]]. He's a GodOfEvil in the shape of a ''T. rex'', so he at least has a [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for it.
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it. This applies to nearly ''all'' the monsters in the game. They are ancient gods known as the Draconians yet most of them resemble dinosaurs. Sauron and Diablo are Tyrannosaur monsters, Armadon is some sort of Ankylosaur/Triceratops/Stegosaur hybrid, and Talon is a Deinonychus god (Only Vertigo, Chaos, and Blizzard are not saurian in appearance with Vertigo being an inter-dimensional cobra goddess and Chaos and Blizzard being ape/yeti monsters respectively). However, they aren't dinosaurs. [[AnimalisticAbomination They just '''look''' like dinosaurs]] and were even stated to have caused the extinction of the actual dinosaurs in the game's storyline.



** Comedically, a new NPC in Un'Goro Crater can be constantly heard shouting about Dragons and his attempts to kill them. When you finally meet the man (Maxamillian of Northshire) it turns out he thinks the dinosaurs of the are are, well, dragons.

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** Comedically, a new NPC in Un'Goro Crater can be constantly heard shouting about Dragons and his attempts to kill them. When you finally meet the man (Maxamillian of Northshire) it turns out he thinks the dinosaurs of the are there are, well, dragons.



* In ''VideoGame/EverQuestII'', in the dungeon "Vasty Deep: The Abandoned Labs", the players discover a suprisingly anatomically accurate ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' floating in a giant test tube. They mistake it for a kind of dragon they don't recognize.

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* In ''VideoGame/EverQuestII'', in the dungeon "Vasty Deep: The Abandoned Labs", the players discover a suprisingly surprisingly anatomically accurate ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' floating in a giant test tube. They mistake it for a kind of dragon they don't recognize.



---> '''Coach Z Pterodactyl''': The Cheatsaurus can do it again!

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---> --> '''Coach Z Pterodactyl''': The Cheatsaurus can do it again!



* Wexter, the ''T. rex'' pet of ''WebComic/AxeCop'', breathes fire, though this may be justified by the sheer number of super-powers invented on the spot for anything and everything.
** There's a scene in ''The Ultimate Battle'' arc that lampshades this. Axe Cop explains that Wexter must be transformed into a dragon and, at Sockarang's protests ("He can already fly and breath fire!"), insists that there's a significant difference between dragons and flying, fire-breathing tyrannosaurs.

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* Wexter, the ''T. rex'' pet of ''WebComic/AxeCop'', breathes fire, though this may be justified by the sheer number of super-powers invented on the spot for anything and everything.
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everything. There's a scene in ''The Ultimate Battle'' arc that lampshades this. Axe Cop explains that Wexter must be transformed into a dragon and, at Sockarang's protests ("He can already fly and breath fire!"), insists that there's a significant difference between dragons and flying, fire-breathing tyrannosaurs.



* While most of the dragons in ''Website/DragonCave'' are fully based on classical mythology (either Eastern or Western style), this is played straighter with the 'wyverns', a sub-category of Western dragons whose have wings in the place of arms, giving the impression of a flying, magical velociraptor.
** There are also the inexplicable ''actual'' dinosaurs that very rarely show up, but those are shout-outs to [[Franchise/SuperMarioBrothers Yoshi]].

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* While most of the dragons in ''Website/DragonCave'' are fully based on classical mythology (either Eastern or Western style), this is played straighter with the 'wyverns', a sub-category of Western dragons whose have wings in the place of arms, giving the impression of a flying, magical velociraptor. \n** There are also the inexplicable ''actual'' dinosaurs that very rarely show up, but those are shout-outs to [[Franchise/SuperMarioBrothers [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Yoshi]].



* The subtler versions of this trope pop up a few times in the Franchise/{{DCAU}}. Additionally, it's clear that all the [[{{Animorphism}} animal-specific shapeshifters]] had a mixer and decided that ''TyrannosaurusRex'' would be their go-to OneWingedAngel form.

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* The subtler versions of this trope pop up a few times in the Franchise/{{DCAU}}.Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse. Additionally, it's clear that all the [[{{Animorphism}} animal-specific shapeshifters]] had a mixer and decided that ''TyrannosaurusRex'' would be their go-to OneWingedAngel form.
30th Apr '18 8:31:48 PM Sharysa
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* Close variant: [[UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} In Filipino tribal folklore,]] ''crocodiles'' are dragons of the sea-serpent variety.

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* Close variant: As referenced above in ''Literature/TheCrocodileGod,'' [[UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} In precolonial Filipino tribal folklore,]] folklore]] views ''crocodiles'' are dragons as dragons... [[SeaMonster of the sea-serpent variety.variety,]] being an Asian country instead of European. Seeing as the Philippines is full of saltwater crocodiles (the species routinely reaches 15-17 feet long, and the largest living saltwater croc was caught in the Philippines) who are notoriously aggressive and [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile often prey on humans,]] one can see why "giant man-eating lizard" led to "dragon" for the ancient tribes.
30th Mar '18 8:29:58 PM schoi30
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** Mention must also be made of the [=SMW=] boss called "Reznor" ([[Music/NineInchNails yes]]) He is/It is/They are four fireball-spitting Triceratops spinning on a waterwheel.

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** Mention must also be made of the [=SMW=] boss called "Reznor" ([[Music/NineInchNails yes]]) He is/It is/They are four fireball-spitting Triceratops ''Triceratops'' spinning on a waterwheel.



*** The Ice Dragon has the same sprite as the Vectaur, a small, vaguely dinosaur-like enemy that can be encountered in Kefka's tower.

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*** ** The Ice Dragon has the same sprite as the Vectaur, a small, vaguely dinosaur-like enemy that can be encountered in Kefka's tower.



*** Comedically, a new NPC in Un'Goro Crater can be constantly heard shouting about Dragons and his attempts to kill them. When you finally meet the man (Maxamillian of Northshire) it turns out he thinks the dinosaurs of the are are, well, dragons.
* According to ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'', dragons are an ancient race nearly on the same level as the Yaoyorozu no Kami (8 million deities). According to Morichika Rinnosuke in the source material ''Curiosities of Lotus Asia'', the world outside of Gensokyo has been re-naming dragon fossils as various types of dinosaurs.
** Rinnosuke is [[UnreliableNarrator well known for making up his own theories]] about the curiosities he collects.

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*** ** Comedically, a new NPC in Un'Goro Crater can be constantly heard shouting about Dragons and his attempts to kill them. When you finally meet the man (Maxamillian of Northshire) it turns out he thinks the dinosaurs of the are are, well, dragons.
* According to ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'', dragons are an ancient race nearly on the same level as the Yaoyorozu no Kami (8 million deities). According to Morichika Rinnosuke in the source material ''Curiosities of Lotus Asia'', the world outside of Gensokyo has been re-naming dragon fossils as various types of dinosaurs.
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dinosaurs. Though it should be noted Rinnosuke is [[UnreliableNarrator well known well-known for making up his own theories]] about the curiosities he collects.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'', one particular character, Bash, is classified as an Earth dragon. The fact that he's without wings and fire breath can be attributed to the fact that he's affiliated with [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], but he ''also'' has an Ankylosaur-like [[BewareMyStingerTail mace tail]] and ceratopsian-style frilled head; and he can even get a horned helmet that is explicitly modeled on a Triceratops.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'', one particular character, Bash, is classified as an Earth dragon. The fact that he's without wings and fire breath can be attributed to the fact that he's affiliated with [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], but he ''also'' has an Ankylosaur-like ankylosaur-like [[BewareMyStingerTail mace tail]] and ceratopsian-style frilled head; and he can even get a horned helmet that is explicitly modeled on a Triceratops.''Triceratops''.



* The final boss of ''[[VideoGame/PrehistoricIsle Prehistoric Isle in 1930]]'', is a gigantic TyrannosaurusRex encountered at the bottom of a volcano, and also breathes fire.

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* The final boss of ''[[VideoGame/PrehistoricIsle Prehistoric Isle in 1930]]'', is a gigantic TyrannosaurusRex ''TyrannosaurusRex'' encountered at the bottom of a volcano, and also breathes fire.
16th Mar '18 12:16:46 PM matruz
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* The final boss of ''[[VideoGame/PrehistoricIsle Prehistoric Isle in 1930]]'', is a gigantic TyrannosaurusRex encountered at the bottom of a volcano, and also breathes fire.
9th Mar '18 6:39:44 PM nombretomado
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* In ''DragonSpirit'' for the TurboGrafx16, many land-based enemies are dinosaurs that spit fireballs at you.

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* In ''DragonSpirit'' for the TurboGrafx16, UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16, many land-based enemies are dinosaurs that spit fireballs at you.
4th Mar '18 10:13:48 AM DaibhidC
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** Another creationist, Duane T. Gish, suggested Parasaurolophus's crest enabled it to breathe fire in the book ''Dinosaurs by Design'', going to to suggest that the Biblical Leviathan was a Parasaurolophus.
2nd Mar '18 10:28:44 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': ???'s [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Tyrannomon]] is a fire-breathing red T-rex.
27th Feb '18 4:06:30 PM TSBasilisk
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** The Anjanath in ''World'' is a fire-breathing T-Rex, with the addition of a noseridge and spinal fins it can flare when angry.
26th Feb '18 4:51:25 PM Xtifr
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* In ''Literature/TheTimeBender'', the dragon owned by the Giant Lod, who is threatening the kingdom of Artesia, turns out to be a dinosaur. In fact, there's two: a friendly Iguanodon, and a much more hostile T-Rex.
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